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Fredrik Härén is an author and speaker on Business Creativity. He has delivered over 1,500 presentations, lectures and workshops in over 50 countries and has inspired hundreds of thousands of business people to become more creative and to look at the world in a new way. He is the author of nine books, including “The Idea Book” that was included in “The 100 Best Business Books of All Time”.

25 September 2014
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To Reflect about Reflecting

 

Great ideas comes from combining things we know about. So the more things we see, the more curious we are about different things and the more we travel and explore the world around us the bigger the chance that we can combine those different pieces of inspiration to a new idea. But we also need time to reflect. Because good ideas come when we give ourself time to look inside.

In the last 12 months I have travelled to 30 different countries on 5 continents and spent more time in the air than a commercial airline pilot – all to expose myself to many different cultures, countries, industries and people.

But I have also given myself a total of 5 months off – most recently spending 10 weeks on an island in Sweden just playing with my kids and reflecting on life.

I am convinced that people who give themselves plenty of time to reflect and rest are more successful in being creative – and for sure they are more harmonious and less stressed.

Taking time off to work less coincided with my most busy and successful year as a professional speaker ever – I guess that proves my point in a way.

After ten weeks on an island I am now back in full speed again travelling around the world to speak – full of ideas and ideas.

I hope this post will inspire you to take some time off to reflect about if you are giving yourself enough time to reflect.

I did a short video about the two parts my creative process – Inspiration and Reflection.

10 June 2014
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Fredrik Haren ON Episode 6: Why Borders are Boring

Fredrik Haren takes a trip to Belgrade Serbia and deals with the need to think outside borders.

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Fredrik Haren ON Episode 6: Why Borders are Boring

10 June 2014
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Fredrik Haren ON Episode 5 : Having a Human Perspective

Fredrik traveled to the 4 corners of the world and here is what he learned.

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Fredrik Haren ON Episode 5 : Having a Human Perspective

10 June 2014
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Fredrik Haren ON Episode 4 : Being a Truly Global Company

Episode 4 of Fredrik Haren ON is about what Fredrik learnt from the CEO of Indo-MIM about why they working on becoming a Truly Global Company.

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Fredrik Haren ON episode 4 : Being a Truly Global Company

9 June 2014
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Fredrik Haren On Episode 3 : Developing your partners

The 3rd episode of Fredrik Haren ON talks about developing your partners-

insights from what Fredrik learned during his talk for hotel executives in an event hosted by the Singapore Tourism Board.

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Fredrik Haren On Episode 3 : Developing your partners

 

 

9 June 2014
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Get to know The Other Side

If I say Nigeria, what would you think?

Most people, I think, would say “kidnapped girls”, “terrorism”, “corruption”, “scam letters”, “poverty” or some other negative word, a nd all those descriptions could be used on Nigeria.

But I just came back from delivering two speeches in Lagos and my strongest insight from that trip is how slanted our world view becomes when we only get our news about the world from the news.

It’s like some parts of the world can only get negative news.

Yes, Nigeria has huge problems. But did you also know that the country just became the largest economy in Africa? That its 170 million (!) nationals is expected to have grown to 400 (!) million in 35 years, making it the 3rd largest country in the world? That Nigerians are a very, very, happy people?

A few years back you had to carry huge bags of cash with you if you went to Nigeria because there were no credit cards, not even ATMs. Today the ATMs are plenty (I had 3 different ones to chose from in my hotel but settled all my bills with credit card.)

A few years back the 170 million in the country had only a few hundred thousand phone lines. Now there is 20 million mobile phones, and growing fast.  The country has gone from being the world’s second largest importer of cement to being a net exporter, and so on.

Nigeria is “gloom” but also “boom”.

But we only hear about the gloom, or mostly a nd it got me thinking. When we only hear about one side of a story, we start to believe that, that is the only story there is and that limits our minds.

In his famous poem “The road not taken” Robert Frost wrote:

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

I love those lines.

To take the road less traveled should be celebrated – but what truly made the difference was not that he took the road less traveled by – but that he traveled at all.

Traveling – both physical and mental traveling, as in seeing new places, new sights, new ideas – is what makes us grow. Is what makes us less close-minded. More open-minded.

And if there is anything the worlds needs right now it is more open-minded people. More people being open to new, better – and yes, different ideas.

When ever there is something that you feel strongly about – especially something you feel very negative about – question if you are really looking at from multiple perspectives. Or if your perspective could benefit from looking at the same issue from some other points of view. It usually can.

- Fredrik 

9 June 2014
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Fredrik Haren ON Episode 2

In the 2nd episode of Fredrik Haren ON,

Fredrik talks about  about the need for variation in ones life.

A week that had Fredrik see different industries, audiences, places – even seasons. 

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Fredrik Haren ON : Episode 2 The need for Variation

9 June 2014
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Seeing the 4 corners of the world as a global speaker

In a 7-day-period in may I flew from Singapore to Montreux, Switzerland to speak to fund managers from Europe. Then I flew to Jacksonville, Florida, USA to speak to accountants. And then I flew to Lagos, Nigeria to speak to clients of a big global bank. I also did a speech for medical professionals. 

I can not think of 4 places that are more different on this earth than these four places that I got to see in one week.

Here is a video of what I learnt by speaking in such different places: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qU5QSYfRUt8&feature=youtu.be.

I also got to speak in Hong Kong, Singapore and Brussels. So May was, again, a truly global month for me as a speaker – which of course makes total sense since I am the author of One World. One Company – about about Truly Global Companies…

2 June 2014
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One of only 24 CSPGlobal Speakers in the world

I recently found out that I have achieved the designation of CSPGlobal. There are 10,000′s of professional speakers in the world. But less than 4,900 are members of any Speaker Association. Out of those, less than 700 are Certified Professional Speakers (CSP’s). And out of those, just 24 are CSPGlobal. I am proud to be part of the first batch of speakers who got it by passing the criteria needed set up for what it means to be a global professional speaker.

(If you want to learn how you too can become a global speaker, you can check out this speech I did a while back : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU3Rya1A9W0.)

15 May 2014
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Fredrik Haren ON : Episode 1

I would like to share some short videos about the things that I learned while working with a client somewhere in the world as a global speaker.

This is video 1, about my speech at the Luxottica Asia Conference in Phuket, Thailand.

Presenting Fredrik Haren ON : Episode 1: On Looking at things differently.

Fredrik Haren ON Episode 1

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